About Limmud Bay Area We are a conference, a festival, a gathering of Jews from all parts of the Bay, from all walks of life, all Jewish backgrounds, all lifestyles, and all ages. Limmud Bay Area is planned and produced by a network of “volunticipators”.
At the center of Limmud is a key but often overlooked attribute of Jewish learning: that everyone can be a teacher and everyone must be a learner. In Hebrew, Limmud means “learning”—and that’s what it’s about. An invitation to open yourself to Jewish experiences you’ve never imagined. An opportunity to explore your connection to Jewish ideas, innovations and tradition. Meet people who share your curiosity and fundamental commitment. Relax, reflect, and celebrate.
Limmud Bay Area is a link in the chain of more than 70 locations worldwide in which Limmud volunteers create Limmud festivals. The movement has grown from the original weeklong Limmud UK held each December at university campus into a principled yet diverse network of Jewish communities spanning North America, South America, Israel, Western and Central Europe, Former Soviet Union, Africa, Asia and Oceania. There are 18 Limmud communities in the United States and eight in Israel. A movement like no other, Limmud is a recognized new worldwide Jewish phenomenon!
Who is invited to the Limmud Bay Area Experience 2016?
Everyone! Singles, couples, kids, parents, students, homemakers, executives, professionals, retirees and free agents; lawyers, teachers, techies, artists, executives, doctors, poets; observant Jews and cultural Jews; Sephardic Jews, Ashkenazic Jews and non-hereditary Jews; Russian, Israeli and Latin American Jews; non-Jewish partners in Jewish families; gay Jews and straight Jews; “affiliated” and not. Folks who have been Jewishly involved their whole lives, those who are just beginning to explore their Jewish journeys – if only they saw a place to start, and those who fit in both camps simultaneously. Every denomination, including “trans” and “post”. Every generation. Did we forget anyone? We hope volunticipating friends and family will extend the invitation!
In sum, Limmud Bay Area is an independent, grassroots nonprofit effort dedicated to celebrating Jewish life and learning in all of its diversity by bringing together Jews of all backgrounds and all ages for a uniquely Bay Area edition of the retreat experience that has already changed Jewish history in communities around the world.